Trump Accuses ‘Frivolous’ Asylum Seekers of Stealing Money from Needy Veterans

Pitting Americans against a nameless "Other." Or as Trump calls it, Thursday.

President Trump accused asylum seekers of making “frivolous” claims in order to stay in America and suck up its financial resources.

Trump made the charge during a speech unveiling a new immigration reform plan in the Rose Garden on Thursday afternoon.

The president told the assembled media, White House staff and designated clappers that the “frivolous claims to gain admission” into America from asylum-seekers “strains our public school systems, our hospitals and local shelters.” He went on to complain that taking care of these immigrants takes funds away from “elderly veterans, at-risk youth, Americans in poverty, and those in genuine need of protection.”

It takes some chutzpah for Trump, a man whose budget requests to Congress every year slash funding for education, public health and poverty assistance and who last year proposed cutting cost-of-living increases to disabled veterans who rely on federal benefits, to turn around and blame allegedly phony asylum seekers for taking all that money away instead.

It is however a hallmark of autocrats everywhere to blame outsiders for stealing resources from a nation’s citizens without citing a lick of evidence.

Watch the video at the top of the post, via MSNBC.

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Gary Legum has written about politics and culture for Independent Journal Review, Salon, The Daily Beast, Wonkette, AlterNet and McSweeney's, among others. He currently lives in his native state of Virginia.

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